Hike to this lodge at the foot of the Appalachian Trail for a perfect weekend getaway.
Photography by Cary Jobe
Zero waste is the goal, and our hosts weigh food scraps after every meal. What we do not eat goes downstairs to the "worm room." Here, through a process called vermiculture, table scraps and other waste become rich garden fertilizer with the help of a few thousand red wiggler worms. "Last year alone I fed them more than 1,000 pounds of food waste," says Sandy Straw, educational manager. It's a great opportunity to teach visitors about recycling nutrients through composting, which doesn't stop at dinner scraps. She's also fed the worms paper, blue jeans, and khaki pants.